NORTH WILTS YOUTH U14 CUP FINAL: Walton uses his head to help Stanley Park secure the cup (From This Is Wiltshire)
Walton uses his head to help Stanley Park secure the cup
BEN Walton’s header was enough to seal the honours for Stanley Park in the Under 14s cup final against Wootton Bassett Town Blue on Sunday.
After six minutes Sol Pryce used his pace to break clear of the Bassett defence, but put his tame shot down the throat of keeper Callum Bradley.
Pryce had another effort blocked five minutes later, after good work on the right by Aaron Witchell.
On the 20 minute mark, Pryce worked space down the right and drilled a cross, but it was well cut out by Bassett, before Jordan Clark could apply the finish.
Bassett came closest from a long range Joe Dixon effort which was brilliantly hit from 25 yards and forced an excellent save from Cameron Shipway.
Just before the break Stanley Park got the goal that their pressure had deserved as Clark put a deep cross in from the right and centre back Ben Walton headed home at the far post.
Bassett had man-of-the-match Bradley between the sticks to thank for keeping the score to 1-0 as Chippenham side Stanley Park continued to create chances throughout the second half.
He twice denied the athletic Pryce as he sprinted clear of the Blues’ defence when it looked as though the striker would add to Park’s tally.
Pryce’s clearest chance came after 11 second half minutes when he was found unmarked six yards out, but his header clipped the post as it went wide.
Just three minutes later, the woodwork again denied Stanley Park as Tom Harvey looped his header onto the bar.
With minutes remaining, Bassett almost grabbed an equaliser when Ryan Gillies broke forward, but his shot was blocked by centre back Jamie Kelly to ensure the cup went back to Chippenham.
Stanley Park manager Steve Francis said: “This is the best group I’ve worked with, they work so hard.
“Every week I turn up to training and I know that every player is going to be there. They want to learn, they want to develop and work hard and that translates to results.
“We won treble last year and have got the league and cup double this, the last time this team lost was in February 2012, so I’m very proud of them.”